Chesapeake Academy presents lessons and carols
|Chesapeake Academy early childhood students perform “Too Fat for the Chimney,” a humorous song lamenting Santa’s protruding belly, during the school’s annual “Holiday Program of Lessons and Carols.” From left are Larkin Denton, Carolyn Stinson, Ben Pittman, Hunter Knull, Landon Reihs, Parker Throckmorton, Remy Kurtz, Lewis Tompkins, Stewart Hollingsworth and Bridger Vanderpool.|
Directed by music teacher Beth Somers, the morning program began with a less-than-traditional Christmas song, “Too Fat for the Chimney,” by early childhood girls and boys dressed as the chorus and fat Santas, and continued with a mix of spiritual and spirited holiday songs and student readings representing various cultures and celebrations around the world.
As per Chesapeake tradition, songs are preceded by readings by select students that help explain the origin of the song or tradition it describes. Throughout the program, Lower and middle school students joined in voice to perform “Let Us Go To Bethlehem” and “The Night Before Christmas,” as well as a humorous rendition of “Frosty the Snowman,” which featured middle school student Austin Revere as a dancing Frosty-boy.
Intermixed were performances by third and fourth grade recorder students and the sixth grade tone chime players. The program concluded with a happy performance of “A Canine Christmas Concerto” that included a unique chorus of barking student schnauzers, retrievers and mutts.